WNBA CapsulesBy The Associated Press , Associated Press
Jun. 22, 2013 1:26 AM ET
PHOENIX (AP) — Diana Taurasi scored 31 points and rookie Brittney Griner added a season-best 21 to lead the Phoenix Mercury to a 90-82 victory over the Washington Mystics on Friday night.
After trailing by 13, Washington went on a 13-2 run over three minutes of the fourth quarter to get within 80-78 with 3:21 remaining, but missed shots on back-to-back possessions in the final three minutes allowed Phoenix to pull away.
Taurasi added five assists and five rebounds for the Mercury (4-4), who have won four of their last five after losing their first three games. Griner, the No. 1 draft pick, also had four rebounds in her 26 minutes.
Ivory Latta had 22 points and five assists for the Mystics (4-3), who trailed by double digits in the second and third quarters.
SPARKS 87, LYNX 59
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kristi Toliver scored 19 points, Nneka Ogwumike had 18 points and eight rebounds, and Los Angeles routed defending Western Conference champion Minnesota.
Toliver made four of six 3-point attempts and Ogwumike went 9 for 11 from the field to lead the Sparks (4-2).
Lindsey Harding returned to the lineup from an eye injury and scored 13 points, and Candace Parker had five points and eight rebounds in fewer than 18 minutes. Jantel Lavender scored 16 points in a reserve role.
Monica Wright scored 14 points to lead Minnesota (5-2), which removed all of its starters early in the second half. The Lynx saw its three-game winning streak snapped and three-game road trip end with a thud.
STORM 91, SILVER STARS 86
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Camille Little had 23 points and 10 rebounds, Tina Thompson scored 10 of her 21 points in the final five minutes, and Seattle beat San Antonio.
Temeka Johnson, Noelle Quinn and Tanisha Wright added 12 points each to help the Storm (4-3) win their third straight.
Jia Perkins scored 21 points, Danielle Robinson had 20 and Shameka Christon added 19 for San Antonio (2-5), which lost its fourth straight despite a late rally.
The Silver Stars stole the ball with Seattle leading 88-84 with 21.5 seconds left, but Christon lost the ball out of bounds after being tripped on a fast-break attempt. No foul was called on the play as the Storm regained possession and closed out the victory at the free-throw line.